Whether you’re the owner of a small business or the HR manager for a multinational conglomerate, you’re going to need to know how to hire the right person for the job.
Ask any seasoned business owner and they’ll tell you that people, the human element, will always be the most important factor in a successful business. Which is why it’s so important for you to have a process in place that ensures you’re only bringing on board A-class talent.
The good news is that finding the perfect employee doesn’t have to be a monumental challenge. To make it easier for you to find your next employee, here are five steps every business should include in their hiring plan to guarantee a successful foray into the modern employment market.
Step 1 – Be Ready for a Ton of Applications
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics there are over 7 million job seekers in the US alone. While on one hand it means that you won’t have any trouble finding willing applicants, it also means that you need to be prepared to go through a ton of applications.
It’s estimated that every corporate job opening will attract no less than 250 applicants!
While there are no shortage of tools or methods out there to help you sift through the enormous pile of resumes you’ll undoubtedly receive. You still to keep in mind that you’re going to need to set aside some time in order to find the right candidate within the haystack.
Step 2 – Look Outside of Your Comfort Zone for New Hires
While you won’t have any trouble finding applicants, finding the right one to bring on board is another task altogether. It’s estimated that 45% of small businesses found few or no qualified applicants for job openings.
That’s not necessarily because there is a shortage of qualified applicants out there, but most likely because you’re looking in the wrong place.
When it comes to finding top class talent you’re going to need to be ready and willing to look outside of your comfort zone. Putting up an ad on a job seeker site isn’t going to be enough. Try asking around your contacts, consider using an employment agency, or even try looking around on social networks like LinkedIn.
Step 3 – Be Flexible with How You “Hire”
Thanks to modern technology not everyone needs to come into the office in order to do a good job. These days it’s not uncommon for many employees to work from home, or to eschew the traditional 9-5 business hours.
Really ask yourself what it is you need from your new hire, and what is required of them to do the job. Or if you even need an employee at all, nowadays it isn’t uncommon for many small businesses to bring on freelancers for specific jobs, or to have a completely remote workforce.
Step 4 – Don’t Expect to Fill the Spot Quickly
On average it takes 42 days to fill any given position, and even then there’s no guarantee that the first person you hire will be the right one.
Like with anything else, finding the right person will require no small amount of effort and time. Anytime you’re even thinking about bringing on someone new you’re going to need to set aside at least a month on the hiring process alone, and that’s not even mentioning the amount of time it takes to onboard and train a new employee.
Step 5 – Be Ready to “Fight” for the Perfect Employee
It goes without saying that the competition for top talent is fierce. Every business out there wants the best, and you can be sure that you aren’t the only one who finds a certain applicant perfect for their company.
According in Indeed, 61% of employers expect to be able to hire more people that they did last year. What that means for you is that you need to be ready to fight for that perfect employee.
Most people want more than just a paycheck, they want to be able to feel like they’re doing meaningful work, that they’re part of a healthy working environment, and that there’s a chance to move further in their career. As a potential employer you need to be able to take all of that into consideration if you want to attract that perfect employee.